critical infrastructure


Cybersecurity measures are being adopted and fine-tuned across industries to ensure sensitive data is protected against cybercriminals and evolving attack vectors. However, some industries, such as education, are held more accountable for data protection than others. [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Malicious cyber activity targeted at the nation’s critical infrastructure – including water systems, transportation, energy, finance, and emergency services – are particularly worrisome because the interruption of those services can have devastating effects on our economy, impact the well being of our citizens, and even cause the loss of life. [Read More]
by RSS Phil Quade  |  Aug 16, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
Today’s schools are technology-rich environments. For example, they have long used internal systems to keep and track a variety of records, including the personal data of their students and faculty. Today, however, that tech infrastructure must be optimized to accommodate the shift to a new digital education model. Teachers are increasingly adopting new digital learning tools, with $9 billion being spent on K-12 digital curriculum tools in 2016. While schools often provide some devices for faculty and students, bring your own device (BYOD)... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Aug 11, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified 16 sectors that have been determined to be designated as critical infrastructure due to the debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination that would result from any of these sectors being compromised. Included in this list of 16 is the Government Facilities Sector, which covers, “a wide variety of buildings, located in the United States and overseas, that are owned or leased by federal, state, local, and tribal governments.”... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Jun 15, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Fortinet solutions have been designed to support ICS protocols and manufacturers, allowing them to provide the same level of actionable security in an industrial network as it does in an enterprise network while adapting to the unique ICS environment. [Read More]
by RSS Nirav Shah  |  Apr 03, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
Sometimes it’s helpful to characterize the IoT with some more precision; I like to place them in three categories. The first, Consumer IoT, which includes the connected devices we are most familiar with, such as smart phones, watches, and connected appliances and entertainment systems. The other two, Commercial IoT and Industrial IoT, are made up of things many of us never see. Commercial IoT includes things like inventory controls, device trackers, and connected medical devices, and the Industrial IoT covers... [Read More]
by RSS Phil Quade  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
For years now, we’ve been hearing about “smart cities.” Cities with the ability to leverage innovative technology, and automation to optimize resources and improve services for their citizens, with the ultimate goal of making our lives better. These smart cities are no longer a distant dream of the future – they are happening now. Unfortunately, without sufficient cybersecurity, their ultra-connected nature can make these dream cities a nightmare, as the recent hack of San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency... [Read More]
by RSS Anthony Giandomenico  |  Dec 20, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
A couple of months ago I was discussing data center security with a panel of IT managers from critical infrastructure providers. One representative from a major energy provider said that he had no intention of segmenting his network. When I asked him how he monitors his network looking for attacks that have breached his perimeter, he told me, “That’s the FBI’s job.” I wish I could say this was unusual. Historically, the security strategy of many critical infrastructure companies was to simply not connect them to the... [Read More]
by RSS Daniel Cole  |  Jun 21, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends